This week I am going to start a book with my 4-year old daughter, as a way to incorporate some pre-school learning and bonding time! Kylee has all the details displayed on the blog if you want to know how to get started. I am also working on some printables in case you are looking for some uniformity in your book, or if your child is not writing yet.
Today we are going to work on the first page of our "All About Me" book, which will include a self-portrait. Some kids enjoy drawing more than others, but even if your child is not a budding artist, this is a great opportunity to help him/her learn about seeing and observation. So, as we launch our 5 Senses week, encourage your child to observe and see as much as possible during this exercise.
If you have time to head to your library or if you already have this book on hand, Brown Bear Brown Bear, What do you see? by Eric Carle is a very appropriate book for this project. This adorable book will boost their creative thinking and help your child focus on understanding what it means to SEE. Plus it's just a great book.
The first page of our "All About Me" book will look like this. If you want to print your own, go here! I have several other printables started and will continue posting them throughout this week:
To get started, I set up a mirror at the table. Unfortunately I could only find a gigantic full-length mirror--a smaller one would have been better! I encouraged my daughter to draw what she was seeing. Kids tend to draw portraits based on a stick figure image in their mind as opposed to what they are actually seeing. For this project, I really wanted her to SEE her eyes, nose, mouth, hair and encouraged her to describe what she was seeing as she drew. I would also encourage them to start with a pencil, but then use LOTS of color for the finishing touches.
This is also a great time to introduce basic size and proportion to your child. While she is drawing, ask her simple questions: Are your eyes bigger or smaller than your mouth? Is daddy's face bigger or smaller than the baby's face? This will help your child SEE, as opposed to drawing only from imagination, although drawing solely from the imagination is also a wonderful activity!
|Next she drew a lovely portrait of our family! This printable is here.|
|The first two pages of her "All About Me" book are finished! Next, I will hole-punch and place them in the binder.|
If you want to take SEEING to the next level, take your kid(s) outside and inspire them to really SEE! Have them pick out several things, then observe them closely.
|Ex. A mushroom!|
|My daughter asked to go get a magnifying glass. It really helped us see even more closely!|
|Ex. Observe all the textures in bark on a tree!|
After we finished observing outside, we came back inside to finish our next page in the "All About Me" book. This page is all about seeing! Have your child draw, describe in writing, paste or tape objects (a leaf, a blade of grass) onto this page. If you want to print this page, go here.
**In addition to all the learning that goes along with SEEING, this is also an opportunity to discuss the wonders of our created world. Take the time to ask a few questions: Look at the details in this bark, leaf, mushroom. Could you make that? Isn't it amazing? Suggested references are Genesis 1:1, Psalm 104:24-25, Colossians 1:15-16, Job 26:7-9, 11-14.
Enjoy a fun time of observation with your child making your "All About Me" book this week!